20 years ago, the iMac changed the world

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  • Reply 21 of 27
    curtis hannahcurtis hannah Posts: 1,758member
    Why dont they just average the thickness and remove the chin on the newer designs? Actually wondering now that there is an iMac Pro, they look the same(other then color) now, wonder if they will try to differentiate look.
  • Reply 22 of 27
    thttht Posts: 3,230member
    Why dont they just average the thickness and remove the chin on the newer designs? Actually wondering now that there is an iMac Pro, they look the same(other then color) now, wonder if they will try to differentiate look.
    Nobody knows why.

    The industrial design of the current iMac started with the Late 2013 model. That’s getting pretty long in the tooth. The display sizes of 21.5 and 27 inches are stretching even longer, and they go back all the way to 2009. The chin has been there all the way back since 2004. Looks like it is a feature of the design, not necessarily driven by the need for more area to place components in back. Maybe the chin has something to do with servicing the machine? Who knows.

    Those ages likely mean the time is nearing for a new iMac industrial design. Maybe the iMac Pro, the retiring of the Time Capsule and the stagnancy of the Mac mini is heralding Apple is dropping spinning disk drives all together now, and the 2018 iMac and Mac mini (if updated) will only have SSDs, like the iMac Pro and in the laptops. No HDD means than can make it thinner. Hopefully larger displays come with both models.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 23 of 27
    donjuandonjuan Posts: 33member
    Bought one the first week it went on sale. I still use the bondi blue speakers I bought back then. That iMac eventually was stuffed in a 1u rackmount case and ran as a server for years. 
    Loved that Mac. 
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 24 of 27
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 2,975member
    macxpress said:
    The iMac is due for a redesign, having had the same design since 2007 (with some evolutionary changes). Apple is playing it too safe and other brands have proven to be really good at industrial design as well (but never had the same reaction as Apple). I would like to see a greener iMac, where the monitor is still part of the same computer design-wise, but can be detached from the computer (and therefore replaced). No more chin but bevel-less. Something fresh and new.

    The iMac was as this article states truly revolutionary, and I hope the product will evolve for the years to come!
    I don't really see Apple making the display detachable. Not only is that totally not the purpose of an iMac, it also introduces a major point of failure down the road. As Maestro said, iMacs are already the greenest computers on the market so I'm not sure how much better you can possibly get. These computers last for ages, not just a couple of years so I don't subscribe at all to the theme where iMacs are throwaway computers. They're no different from a regular computer in that respect and like I said, they last for years and years. 

    Also, if Apple were to make the display detachable, wouldn't that make things worse? I'd think you'd just have more influx of displays to be recycled or thrown out since you can just detach it and put a new one on. By the time you think you need a new display, its also time for a new computer as well. Today's screens are 4-5K screens. I'm sure 8K or better is coming down the road, but you will also need a far better computer to do things with that resolution too...something better than what is in an iMac today. 
    I don't think it's too hard to imagine a design where the entire laminated display could be attached by magnets, as the glass was in the 2011 era models, instead of everything being glued shut as they are currently. This could ostensibly allow basic access to repair/upgrade parts as well, which I did many times on our office's 2011 iMacs where I added an SSD on the secondary SATA connector. The display itself was screwed on, but the glass would come off with a windshield suction cup — today's laminated display assemblies could be potentially attached similarly so they could be detached/reattached.
    watto_cobra
  • Reply 25 of 27
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 2,975member

    macxpress said:
    Remember, back then everything was beige with a hint of beige. 
    Or beige with a hint of turquoise, as my college Mac was:




  • Reply 26 of 27
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 2,975member
    tht said:

    The industrial design of the current iMac started with the Late 2013 model. That’s getting pretty long in the tooth. 
    Late 2012 actually, so even longer in the tooth.
  • Reply 27 of 27
    With “greener” I was referring to detaching the monitor from the computer. Why replace a monitor if the computer is broken, or vice versa?
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